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To Count So High (Beacon), 2017

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To Count So High (Beacon), 2017 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 8, 2019
1. To Count So High (Beacon), 2017 Marker
Inscription.  Custom software, LED light bulbs, and existing light posts.

This year marks the centennial of the first armed forces personnel qualifying for a Purple Heart. Over the last century 1.9 million Americans have been awarded a Purple Heart for loss of life or injury in combat. To Count So High honors those individuals with a softly blinking light bulb, changing from purple to white every few minutes. Over the course of one year the bulbs will have collectively transitioned 1.9 million times, with each transition marking one recipient of a Purple Heart.

To find out more about this project visit: www.walterreeddreams.com

Funding for this piece has been provided by CulturalDC and the DC Office of Planning through their Crossing the Street Initiative which is funded by the Kresge Foundation.
 
Erected 2017 by CulturalDC, DC Office of Planning, Triden Development Group, Hines, Urban Atlantic.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.603′ 
To Count So High (Beacon), 2017 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 8, 2019
2. To Count So High (Beacon), 2017 Marker
N, 77° 1.603′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) south of Elder Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7125 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Reed Army Medical Center (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of a Tulip Tree (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Fort Stevens (approx. ¼ mile away); Army Medical Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Company K, 150th Ohio National Guard Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); The 122nd New York Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); The 25th New York Cavalry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
 
Also see . . .  Walter Reed Dreams at CulturalDC. Although the link on the marker is no longer functional as of December 2018, this CulturalDC link describes this and other projects. The installation was to have been up for a year, so may no longer be present. (Submitted on December 16, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
A view of the <i>To Count So High (Beacon)</i> light installation image. Click for full size.
May 1, 2017
3. A view of the To Count So High (Beacon) light installation
Photo courtesy CulturalDC.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on December 16, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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